Documents Required for US Student Visa

    Updated on: 17 Nov 2023 6 min read

    Documents Required for US Student Visa

    From securing admission to a recognized university to the visa interview, obtaining a US student visa involves presenting genuine and accurate documents to demonstrate accountability and eligibility. However, understanding the specific document requirements, such as the I-20 and DS-120, can be confusing without proper guidance. Mistakes during the document collection process can hinder your visa application. In this blog, we provide a stage-by-stage breakdown of the entire document requirement process for a US student visa.

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    Frequently asked questions

    What are the financial documents required for a US student visa? 

    The financial documents vary as per your preference of funding for the US. Typically the following are financial documents for a US student visa:

    1. Bank account statements
    2. Pay stubs (for employed applicants)
    3. Tax returns
    4. Education loan sanction letter
    5. Sponsorship documents (if someone is sponsoring your studies)

    How can I find the required documents for my US university? 

    In addition to the general list of documents, you may need more course-specific documents as per the university’s requirements. You might see a lot of others recommending what to submit and what not. But the best way to find all the documents you need is by checking the university’s website or emailing the university’s contact center.

    What if I submit a fake document to get a US student visa? 

    Applicants should not submit a fake document while applying for a US student visa. Doing so will disqualify your application and may lead you to be blocked from entering the US in the future.

    What if I lack some documents while applying to a US university? 

    As an applicant, you must have all the fundamental documents with you. If you lack any of them and you have a valid reason, better you contact the university concerned and get a response from them. You can proceed with the application only if the university understands and accepts your request with the conditions.

    Can you smile in a US visa photo? 

    Yes, you can. But the smile must be natural and not an exaggerated one. Both of your eyes must be open. 

Written by Aishwarya Bhatt

A bookworm who transforms into a web-usability evangelist, when her favorite blend of coffee is flowing in her veins. Happiest in a bookstore and when she is painting with words on paper!

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